I AM NOT SOLICITING HELP HERE!
I am posting this here in the spirit of the forum description:
... Or if you just want to vent about a PC invasion, then feel free to let it out! just keep it clean.
While describing my problems to a friend I remembered something odd that may or may not be connected to my problems. Sometimes a coincidence is really just a coincidence, but sometimes not.
On the morning of 11/27 (Thanksgiving here in the States) I turned on my PC and got a warning in a bubble from the System Tray that my antivirus program, Avast!, was out of date and I might be at risk.
I opened Avast! and tried to update it, but it actually was fully up to date. I searched on the internet and found an explanation -- if the computer's clock setting is wrong it may not actually know whether or not a product is outdated.
I checked my clock and, sure enough, it reported the correct time, but the month was set to December 27, 2008.
Now, I have never screwed with the clock setting. I figured it was just an odd hiccup in Windows.
But exactly one week later -- Thursday, December 4, 2008 -- I got hit by a massive (to me, at least) virus attack. The first sign was that a program that I'd had for a year (and not used in many months) was suddenly reported by Ad-Aware to be a Trojan.
Anyway, this may be just a coincidence. But if anyone is following these things, I thought I'd report it.
Or, just vent!